COLLEGES

Bates choose Fein as director of athletics

Jason Fein has been named the director of athletics at Bates College, the school announced Friday.

Fein, who has been the director of athletics at Drew University since 2008, will start at Bates on July 1.

In 2016, Fein was named the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Division III Athletic Director of the Year.

Fein also served as director of athletics at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York.

He succeeds Kevin McHugh, who will step down June 30 after 10 years at Bates.

BASKETBALL: Frank Mason III of Kansas and Kelsey Plum of Washington won the John R. Wooden Award as national players of the year.

Plum became the NCAA Division I career scoring leader with 3,527 points. She also set marks for single-season points (1,109) and career free throws made (912).

Mason also claimed the Bob Cousy point guard of the year award.

The senior became the first player in Big 12 history to average 20 points and 5 assists in a season.

 LaVar Ball said comments he made about UCLA’s white basketball players were misunderstood. In an interview with ESPN 710, the father of Bruins point guard Lonzo Ball showed support for white players he said lacked the foot speed to win a national championship.

WICHITA STATE: The school accepted an invitation to join the American Athletic Conference, ending a 72-year relationship with the Missouri Valley Conference.

HOCKEY: Denver senior Will Butcher won the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in college hockey.

Butcher is the first defenseman to win the honor since Boston University’s Matt Gilroy in 2009 and the seventh overall since it was first handed out in 1981.

Butcher, a fifth-round selection by the Colorado Avalanche, has seven goals and 30 assists in 42 games for Denver, which plays Minnesota Duluth for the NCAA title Saturday night.

Forwards Zach Aston-Reese of Northeastern and Mike Vecchione of Union were the other finalists.

TENNIS

DAVIS CUP: Australia took a 2-0 lead against the United States in Brisbane, Australia, as Nick Kyrgios finished off John Isner in a battle of big servers after Jordan Thompson upset Jack Sock.

Thompson put the hosts ahead with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4 victory, and Kyrgios won 7-5, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5).

In other quarterfinals, host France took a 2-0 lead over Great Britain; Novak Djokovic returned from an injury to help Serbia take a 2-0 lead at home against Spain; and Belgium went up 2-0 at home against Italy.

ROAD RACING

DOPING: Defending Olympic and London Marathon champion Jemima Sumgong of Kenya failed a drug test for EPO, the IAAF confirmed.

Sumgong was the points leader in the World Marathon Majors series and was in line to receive a $250,000 bonus when the two-year cycle is completed in Boston on April 17.